A newly created protein by Robert Campbell, chemistry professor at the University of Alberta, has the ability to light-up to reveal deeper layers of the brains cognitive processes. Composes of jellyfish and coral DNA, we now have the ability to visualize more than just the top layer of neural activity, which was what was previously capable through modern fluorescent techniques. Inner portions of the brain can now be studied in depth thanks to Campbell and his team of protein engineers through the use of red fluorescents instead of green.
As Alzheimer’s disease continues to be the global challenge of the century, Zahra Moussavi, A professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Manitoba, started a Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment for Alzheimer’s in Canada. Inspired by her own late mother’s, she created this treatment to help prevent cognitive decline by training the neurons (nerve cells in the brain) to perform more efficiently.
Lisa Loiselle, associate director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo says that the number of young Canadians (15-29) acting in a care partner roe is just under two million. With the increase of young care partners, the need to support them also increases. Alzheimer’s specifically places unique challenges on teen care partners. The youth who are acting in this role are seen to have high levels of anxiety, stress, and guilt. It was reported that about 40 percent of these young care partners are tending to parents or grandparents.
Vivien brown, Toronto doctor for 35 years, has written a book that outlines what is important for women to do to keep healthy while aging. A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging: 7 Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy and Strong, will be available on September 23rd and has been crafted using Brown’s expertise in medical science and lived experience as a women. At the start of Brown’s career they treated women like small men, giving them two-thirds a “man’s dose” as the only difference in treatment.
Last month, Alden Gross and a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a study that presumably shows no link between healthy exercise habits in midlife and cognitive proficiency in later life. However, the participants were all from groups that notably have known to have lower rates of dementia regardless. Healthy, education physicians (mostly men), who worked out on a weekly basis, and had low pressure. At the conclusion of the study, only 28 out of 646 adults had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.